The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meets today and has a lengthy agenda, which includes possibly lifting its now eight-month ban on commercial cannabis activity in the county.
The March 13 ban included a provision stating, “It is the intention of the board of supervisors that this prohibition will be repealed and comprehensive regulations will be enacted by Dec. 12, 2018.”
Supervisors appointed a Cannabis Working Group to research and write regulations for board approval. Ordinances were introduced at the Sept. 25 meeting. If the ban is lifted, a separate ordinance will allow commercial activity with a county use permit.
Measure B, which was approved by voters Nov. 6, will establish taves on the gross receipts of commercial cannabis retailers and manufacturers, while imposing a square foot fee on growing operations.
Supervisors will hear staff reports and consider ordinances specific to regulating commercial cannabis retail and manufacturing activity outside the Coastal Zone, establishing regulations for commercial cannabis retail and manufacturing activity within the Coastal Zone.
A member of the board’s Cannabis Working Group will also give an update on its recent meetings regarding the creation of county cannabis ordinances.
The board will consider 25 items on its consent agenda, which are matters typically considered routine or not controversial. Consent items may be approved with a single vote or supervisors may pull items for separate consideration.
Supervisors will hear an update on the county library from Angela Stanley, a library board member.
Supervisors also plan to hear and discuss a report from County Treasurer Barbara Lopez.
Board Chair Chris Howard and Supervisor Lori Cowan will give an update on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.
Under regular items, supervisors will hear staff reports and consider ordinances regulating commercial cannabis retail and manufacturing activity outside the Coastal Zone, an ordinance establishing regulations for commercial cannabis retail and manufacturing activity within the Coastal Zone, and an ordinance amending the prohibition of commercial cannabis activity.
The board will consider a budget transfer of $12,200 for financing payments for the Mitel Phone System and $18,635 within the Roads Division Budget Unit for the inclusion of funding related to the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation grant.
The meeting will conclude with matters from board members and other reports.
Meetings start at 10 a.m. in the Flynn Center, 981 H St.
The meeting is open to the public.